STATE OF MIND
Lord, thank you for allowing us to see another day.
Our prayer today is that you will keep your hand of protection on our children whether they are in school or on spring break.
We pray that in the He midst of all the chaos and tragedy that is going on around them, that they will know that you are still God and have everything under control.
Give them the courage to pray at every opportunity and not be ashamed to stand and boldly proclaim you.
In Jesus name, Amen.
I decree and declare that I will not comprise. My Standard are set by God.
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
The Resource... The Word!
Bible Reading: 1 Peter 2: 11-12
Be careful how you live among your unbelieving neighbors. 1 Peter 2:12
KYLE FEELS SICK as he rethinks how he and his friends snuck into an X-rated movie last night. What he saw was shockingly gross. He knew it was wrong, but he just couldn’t say no to his friends.
Amber and her friends spent the whole evening bashing one of the girls at school. It was vicious. Amber later wished she had walked away when the gossip started, but she just couldn’t. She regretted the ugly things she said.
Swimming against the current in a river for very long takes more strength than any of us can muster. It’s easier just to relax and go with the flow. Problem is, the wrong flow can sweep you away from shore-forever. Friends, like that flow, can tire out even the strongest swimmer. That’s what makes it so crucial that your closest friends pull you in the right direction, challenging you to live for Christ.
You can’t claim to follow Christ and keep on compromising. Like 1 Peter 2:12 says, if you keep your behavior excellent, your friends might one day glorify God. If you compromise, though, your friends won’t ever see a difference between your life and theirs. And if they see no difference, they will have no reason to become followers of Christ themselves.
How can you keep from compromising? By becoming a person of convictions. A conviction is a standard you commit to keep regardless of the cost. You might have a conviction, for example, that says, “Because my body is the temple of God, I will never take any illegal drugs.”
Write down what your no-compromise convictions are. Then you’ll have no doubt what your standards are and what actions you need to take. When you are in a tempting situation, you can recall what you decided while you still had your head and you’ll be more motivated to follow your convictions.
As you write your convictions, follow these guidelines:
REFLECT: What are your no-compromise convictions? Have you started to write them down?
PRAY: Spend some time today asking God to help you begin formulating your convictions.
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R.O.C.K. Youth and Children's Ministry pray for each other daily. hence The Daily State of Mind
Matt 16:18-20 (msg)